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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Natural Sciences • Biological Sciences

Human Biology BIOL-175

  • Fall 2012
  • Section All Sections
  • 4 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 10/26/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Karen Reeds

For information about daily Office Hours/Instructor Schedules:

Note: email is checked throughout the day, phone messages limited to office hours.

Lab Instructor: Terry Loar

Lab Instructor: Mike McCormack

Meeting Times

Lecture Section 01 MWF MHS 125 10-1050am

Lecture Section 02 TTh MHS 102 4-5:15pm

Lecture Section 03,04,05 Internet lecture available online


This introductory course provides a general overview of the structure, function, healthy maintenance, and common diseases of the human body. BIOL 175 is designed to give the non-biology major a better understanding and appreciation of the human body. Upon completion of BIOL 100 or BIOL 115, BIOL 175 will count as elective science credits only and will not satisfy core lab science credits. This course may not be accepted as fulfilling the course requirements for some medical programs. Students should get clearance from their prospective transfer institution prior to taking the class. This course satisfies laboratory science course requirements for the A.A., A.S., and A.A.S. degrees except after completing BIOL 100 or BIOL 115. Lecture: 3 hours per week


All Human Biology 175 students are required to access the Human Biology Coursesite OnLine through MyNICCourses regardless of the lecture or lab section they are enrolled.

Lecture Textbook

  1. Elaine N. Marieb, Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, 10th Edition, Pearson Benjamin Cummings (10th edition recommended, ANY edition is fine).
  2. Lecture Notes are available only On Line through the Human Biology course site. Students are expected to print these and complete them during lecture (either on-campus or via internet).

Laboratory Supplies:

  1. Human Biology Lab Manual and Lab Notebook are packaged together and available only at Mica Peak Exchange, NIC's Bookstore.(NO used Lab Notebooks are acceptable, students may NOT use notebooks from previous semesters).
  2. 3-ring binder for the human biology lab manual listed above.
  3.  BLUE Ink Pens

Other/ Optional Supplies:

  1. (Internet students) thumbdrive to save audio/video files, pdf files, etc. (if you have a slow internet connection this will save you lots of time!)
  2.  Optional: colored pencils, highlighter pens, tab.



Learning Outcomes

Assessment Measures

Describe the structure of each of the following levels in the biological hierarchy (atoms, molecules, organelles, cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, organism) and how they function interdependently to form the human organism

Exams, quizzes, lab exercises, lab quizzes
Lab notebook, lab practicals

Use scientific methodology to investigate phenomena in a laboratory setting

Lab exercises


General education abilities emphasized in this course:


Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving

Mathematical, Scientific and Symbolic Reasoning





As a human biology 175 student, you will have access to supplementary materials and all of your lecture and lab grades can be accessed through Blackboard.

Grades from both lecture and lab will be combined in the final determination of your course grade. Letter grades are based on the percentage of points earned divided by the total points possible for the course.

Possible points accumulate from the following assessments:

  • Lecture exams (five exams, 200 points each, total 1000 points)
  • Optional Final Lecture Exam (This is the ONLY makeup exam and may be used to replace your single Lowest Lecture Exam, questions from each of your previous four lecture exams to create the 200 point optional final exam)
  • PreLab Quizzes (approximately 11, 5 points each, total 55 points)
  • Lab Practicals (approximately 10 lab practicals, 10 points each, 100 points total)
  • Lab Notebook (there will be four notebook checks, 5 points each, 20 points total)
  • Lab Participation Points (20 points)
  • Required Comprehensive Lab Practical Exam (200 points)

There are Approximately 1395 points possible (all graded work is tentative and subject to change as the course progresses).

The following presents the minimum % grades paired with letter grades that will be assigned at the end of the course, +/- will be assigned at the end of the semester at the discretion of the instructor.

90.0% A
80.0% B
70.0% C- (72.0% most common C assignment)
60.0% D
<60% F

At any point during the semester, students can check the status of their grades by accessing their grades through the On-Line Course site.

All students are encouraged to review graded work and bring any discrepancy to the attention of your instructor in order to resolve the situation.

Course Policies

Lecture Attendance

Attendance is mandatory. In order to earn points on any graded assessment (work), students are expected to be on-time, actively participating in the scheduled activity and stay for the duration of the scheduled lecture or lab time. Students who are absent, arrive late or leave early will  forfeit the points associated with any assessment scheduled for that time period (this includes any and all assessments for both the lecture and lab portion of the course).

On-Campus Lecture Sections:  In order to ensure that all students are treated fairly and equally, exceptions will not be made.

Internet Lecture Sections: Internet students will be responsible for content presented at a pace that equals the same material presented in Spring/Fall on-campus sections. 

Lecture Content

All Lecture sections of Human Biology lecture follow the same content pace as described in the course schedule. I will post (weekly) the content that was covered and the content that I expect to cover the following week so all students are aware of the pace of the class.

Lecture Exams

  • Lecture exams consist of material directly from the lecture material.
  • Lecture exams will include a variety of topics from the different sets (topics/chapters) of lecture notes.
  • Questions on the exam may include essay, terminology, multiple choice, etc., type questions.
  • Questions (and options if multiple choice questions) on each exam will be randomized.
  • Questions relating different sets of lecture notes together should be expected and will be randomly mixed.
  • A separate exam will not be written for an individual student; all students will be assessed equally.
  • Students registered for different sections of the same semester may be administered alternative exams over the same material.
  • Spring and Fall semesters--there are five 200 point lecture exams; Summer semester--there are four 250 point lecture exams.
  • Students who cannot take an exam, for any reason, have the option of taking the final comprehensive lecture exam to REPLACE the missing exam score.
  • The optional final comprehensive lecture IS the ONLY MAKEUP exam.
On-Campus students will take their exam, as scheduled at their enrolled section time only. On-campus students are required to complete the exam before leaving the room--please bring tissues, cough drops, visit the restroom before beginning the exam. Students arriving late to the exam will not be allowed to take the exam (As soon as one person finishes the exam and walks out the door--no late-compers will be allowed to begin their exam).

(ONLY) Internet Students will schedule their exams at one of the following: NIC Testing Center, Silver Valley Center, Bonners Ferry Center or the Ponderay Center. Internet Students will schedule  their exam on the same days that the on-campus students take their exam OR as described in the course schedule.

No student is permitted to take an exam at any other time than the scheduled time for their section (see course schedule).

Students may not have any additional papers or electronic devices (cell phones, etc) with them during the exam. A 0 score for the exam will result and the student will be subject to further academic sanctions.

It is considered academic dishonesty to relate the contents of any ANY GRADED WORK to anyone else.

Optional Comprehensive Final Lecture Exam

Optional Comprehensive Final Lecture Exam (this is the ONLY make-up exam). At the end of the course, all students MAY have the opportunity to take the optional comprehensive final lecture exam. This exam consists of questions taken directly from the previous lecture exams. The score earned on the optional comprehensive final lecture exam may be used to replace a '0' or low lecture exam score.

Students who missed one lecture exam may take the final lecture exam to replace the 0 score from the absence.

Students who have taken all of the lecture exams MAY take opt to take the final provided that the student takes the exam AS SCHEDULED, without exception, and the final lecture exam score will REPLACE the single lowest lecture exam score previously earned.

Therefore, only students who missed an exam or can raise their course grade by taking the optional comprehensive final lecture exam will be taking this exam. The optional comprehensive final lecture exam ONLY replaces ONE lecture exam grade.

If you miss more than one exam, it is likely that you have missed enough material to seriously consider taking the course at another time.



Lab Attendance Policy

LAB Attendance is required.

Any student who misses 3 labs (3 absences) FAILS the course. This is a lab-course--the lab component is a required activity. All students are required to attend all labs, if you cannot attend your lab please contact your instructor as soon as possible.

Depending on the semester, there MAY be an option to make up an excused absence. Every lab absence is unique and equal opportunity to make up a missed lab is NOT guaranteed nor promised. In order to make-up a missed lab, students are required to meet the following criteria:
  1. The student must contact their individual lab instructor AND the Lead Lab Instructor Karen Chamberlain as soon as possible.
  2. The student must have a valid reason to miss the lab AND provide supporting documentation (for example, a doctors note for the specific date of the lab absence, accident report, etc.). Validity must be agreed upon by Chamberlain and all lab instructors who may be involved. Vacation, oversleeping, etc are NOT valid reasons so makeup labs will not be permitted.
  3. The student must make up the lab in another lab section which is doing the exact same lab activities.
  4. In some cases, different lab sections may be doing some graded work in a slightly different order, there is no guarantee that making up a lab will provide the opportunity to earn all points that were missed from the students 'normal' lab day/time.
  5. There are a finite number of lab seats. If there is NO open space, then there is NO opportunity to make up the lab regardless of the validity of the absence.
  6. Students who miss 3 labs automatically fail the course and must repeat the entire course (lecture and lab).
  7. Students may ONLY make arrangements to makeup a MAXIMUM of 2 labs in one semester.

Being late to lab may result in a lab absence. Students who arrive late may not be allowed to participate in lab activities and will accrue an unexcused lab absence. 


Lab Content

Course Schedule

All Human Biology lab sections follow the same schedule and content. Lab is a required element of the course.

Note: A more complete description of the following is available on our online course site.


There are 20 points students earn for participating in lab. Participation points are earned by attending lab, arriving on-time, staying until the lab activity is complete, arriving well prepared--reading the lab activities thoroughly and preparing their lab notebook, following procedures during lab, etc. Students who are tardy, leave early, absent, fail to arrive prepared, follow directions, etc. will not earn participation points. (Absences will be counted against participation points AND 3 lab absences require a student to repeat the course--see Lab Attendance)

Students are required to dress appropriately for lab in order to participate.

No flip-flops/sandals (CLOSED toed shoes required), no spaghetti straps shirts.

Students who do not dress appropriately will not be allowed to participate. Students who are sent home due to inappropriate attire will acquire a lab absence and earn 0 points on all graded work scheduled for that day.

PreLab Quizzes.

You will have a 5 point, approximately 5 minute, prelab quiz at the beginning of each lab. PreLab quizzes include questions on lab activities scheduled for that day. Expect a prelab quiz at the beginning of each lab. (Please see the online course site for more information).

Lab Practicals

There are several lab practicals, 10 points each, scheduled throughout the course. These practicals allow students to demonstrate technique and identifications directly to the instructor. Practicals may include: use of the microscope, proper identification of cellular structures, bones & bone markings, quality of dissection and identification of anatomical structures of their dissections, etc. (Please see the online course site for more information).

Lab Notebook:

Each student will learn how to record observations, measurements, procedures, diagram anatomical structures and write conclusions in the Human Biology Lab Notebook. There will be (usually) four notebook checks, 5 points each, throughout the course of the semester. Students earn Notebook points for following directions, completeness, and, in some cases, quality of specific answers.(Please see the online course site for more information).

Final Comprehensive Lab Practical Exam:

There will be a comprehensive lab practical exam, 200 points, at the end of the semester. The exam is administered during LAB time and most commonly at a computer lab ON-CAMPUS through the online Course-site.

The exam is required and WILL be used in the final calculation for the course grade. There is NO make-up exam for the Final Comprehensive Lab Practical Exam.

Extra Credit

Instructor(s) offer several opportunities for students to earn bonus points or extra credit points throughout the semester during both lecture and lab. Extra credit associated with lecture is always offered online, extra credit associated with lab is only offered during lab for select activities. These points are built into the course. Extra credit points are based on your mastery of current material as discussed during lecture or through participation in a scheduled lab activity.There is never additional extra credit points at the end of the course.

Written Documentation

Students are expected to proofread graded work.

Students will not earn points for misspelled items or sentences containing gross grammatical errors on graded items.

Students are expected to proofread email or other written methods of communication before sending. Instructors will not respond to communication that is indecipherable.

Cell Phones, Ipods, Earbuds, Etc. Etc.

During all lecture and laboratory meetings, you are expected to turn off all electronic devices.

Ringing/vibrating cell phones, texting neighbors are considered a disruption and will not be tolerated. 

See NIC's policy on disruptive behavior below.

Any electronic device in a student's possession, or ear buds in ears, during a graded assessment will result in a 0 grade for that assessment.

Disruptive Behavior

Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. The policy of the course is to maintain a positive learning environment for the entire group, so no single individual may disrupt the class as a whole.

Disruptive behavior INCLUDES:

* arriving late
* leaving early
* cell phone ringing
* texting
* doing work not related to human biology

The following is excerpted from North Idaho College policy regarding disruptive behavior:

A student who violates this policy by engaging in disruptive behavior in the class setting is subject to discipline up to and including immediate expulsion from the class setting. When prohibited behavior occurs in a NIC class setting, the instructor shall take immediate appropriate action. Appropriate action may include, but is not limited to the following:

Request the student to leave; Have the student removed by campus security;
Suspend the remaining class; Request assistance from local law enforcement to remove the student; Students who are asked to leave class or are removed from class will receive a failing grade for the class settings assignment that was disrupted; Additional corrective actions Suspension/expulsion from NIC, including forfeiture of all tuition and fees; Removal and/or expulsion from some or all of NIC sites and activities; Referral to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

The instructor may also suspend the student from all future classes of the class that was disrupted. The instructor must provide written notification to the student, the appropriate division chair, the vice president for student services and the vice president for instruction within one (1) working day of the occurrence outlining the behavior that took place and actions taken by the instructor.

Course policies will be uniformly administered to all students.


The course schedule is available through our website.

Division Policies

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please refer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01:

Academic Integrity

Disruptive behavior in the class is not tolerated. To quote from the NIC "Student Code of Conduct," Article II, (found in the Student Handbook):
In order to carry out North Idaho College's Mission and to create a community of learners, the students, faculty, staff, and administrators must share common principles or values.  These values - which include honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility - make up academic integrity.
II.  Academic Dishonesty.
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College.  These violations include the following:
Cheating:  using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication:  falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism:  knowingly representing the words, ideas or work  of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property:  stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources, materials, or official documents of the college.
Facilitating Academic Dishonesty:  knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.
 Our department strongly endorses the above code, believing that no learning can take place if a strong commitment to academic integrity is compromised.

Any unethical behavior, including any violation of academic integrity or instance of plagiarism, may result in a grade of zero for an assignment in question or failure of the course.

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.